Can I transfer my frequent flyer points or miles to another program?

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Frequent flyer programs are becoming increasingly popular as airlines try to attract frequent customers and reward them for their loyalty. While this offers a wide range of benefits to customers, some frequent flyers find themselves wondering if it’s possible to transfer their reward points to another airline’s frequent flyer program to take advantage of a particular flight or reward.

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to transfer your points from one frequent flyer program to another because different programs have different terms and conditions surrounding how you earn points and what they can be spent on. However, it is possible to redeem your frequent flyer points for flights and rewards with another airline if it happens to be a ‘partner airline’ of your chosen flight provider.

Many of the world’s most popular airlines form partnerships with other airlines to offer flight networks that span the globe. They also allow customers to enjoy frequent flyer member benefits across a host of partner airlines, including redeeming their frequent flyer points for tickets on codeshare flights, which is where two or more airlines share the same flight.

Under some programs it’s also possible to earn tier miles when flying with partner airlines, allowing you to reach higher levels of membership in your frequent flyer program.

Other airlines that you can redeem your miles and points for

While it’s not possible to transfer frequent flyer points to another program, some airlines allow you to redeem your points for flights and other rewards with ‘partner airlines’.

Take a look at the frequent flyer programs and airline partnerships provided by some of the world’s most popular airlines.

American Airlines

American Airlines’ AAdvantage program allows members to earn frequent flyer files on flights and with more than 1,000 partners. As this company is a member of the oneworld Alliance, you can also earn points on codeshare flights with airberlin, US Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines and TAM Airlines. AAdvantage members can also earn tier miles with all of these airlines, allowing you to reach a higher level of membership sooner.

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Lufthansa

Lufthansa’s frequent flyer program is called Miles & More, and it allows customers to earn points by booking flights, hotels, car rental and in a range of other ways. Lufthansa is a member of the Star Alliance, perhaps the best-known airline alliance in the world, so it offers codeshare flights through a number of airlines. Miles & More members can earn award miles (which are like regular frequent flyer miles), status miles (which determine your membership status and are also counted as award miles) and HON Circle miles (only available to the top-tier members) when they fly with Lufthansa’s partner airlines:

  • Adria Airways. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Aegean Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Air Astana. Earn award miles.
  • Air Canada. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Air China. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Air Dolomiti. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Air India. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Air Malta. Earn award miles.
  • Air New Zealand. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • ANA. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Asiana Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Austrian Airlines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Avianca TACA Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Brussels Airlines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Condor. Earn award miles.
  • Copa Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Croatia Airlines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • EgyptAir. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Ethiopian Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • EVA Air. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Germanwings. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Jet Airways. Earn award miles.
  • LOT Polish Airlines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • Luxair. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • SAS. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Shenzhen Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Singapore Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • South Africa Airways. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Swiss International Air Lines. Earn award miles, status miles and HON Circle miles.
  • TAM. Earn award miles.
  • TAP Portugal. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Thai Airways. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • Turkish Airlines. Earn award miles and status miles.
  • United. Earn award miles and status miles.
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Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program offers a wide range of benefits to members. Virgin offers codeshare flights with a number of respected partner airlines around the world, offering flights to a large number of destinations all over the globe and allowing members to earn tier miles when they fly. Partner airlines include Air New Zealand, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America and Hawaiian Airlines.

Earn more points with Virgin Velocity.

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Cathay Pacific

A member of the oneworld global airline alliance, Cathay Pacific has strong partnerships with several of the world’s most popular airlines. The members of this alliance are listed in the American Airlines profile above. Its Marco Polo Club allows you to earn tier miles on the flights of any oneworld airline partners. In addition, Cathay Pacific also has codeshare agreements in place with Air China, Air Seychelles, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Bangkok Airways, British Airways, Comair, Dragonair, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Flybe, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, SNCF, S7 Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and WestJet.

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Etihad

Etihad Guest is the membership program of Etihad Airways, allowing members to earn Etihad Guest Miles every time they fly with Etihad or with a partner airline. Customers can earn tier miles when they fly with airberlin, Air New Zealand, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Flybe, Garuda Indonesia, GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, Hainan Airlines, Jet Airways, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Air, Philippine Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, South African Airways, SriLankan Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines and Virgin Australia.

In addition, Etihad offers codeshare flights with Aegean Airlines, Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Czech Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Hong Kong Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and more.

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Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines’ frequent flyer program is known as KrisFlyer and it allows customers to earn miles for booking flights and for shopping with a number of retail partners. As Singapore Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance, KrisFlyer members can earn tier miles on the following partner airlines: Adria, Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, EVA Air, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines and United. However, keep in mind that only some booking classes are eligible for mileage accrual.

KrisFlyer members can also take advantage of codeshare flights with airlines like Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Garuda Indonesia, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Virgin Australia and many more.

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Qantas

The Qantas Frequent Flyer program is the best-known airline rewards scheme in Australia, offering an array of benefits and discounts to its members. In addition to earning miles on Qantas flights, you can earn Qantas Points when you take an eligible flight on oneworld alliance member airlines airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Dragonair, Finnair, Iberia, JAL (Japan Airlines), LAN, TAM Linhas Aereas, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, S7 and SriLankan Airlines. Members can also enjoy a host of in-flight benefits depending on their member status, while Qantas also has codeshare agreements in place with airlines like American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Alitalia, Jetstar, Emirates and more.

Earn more points with Qantas.

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Emirates

The Emirates Skywards program allows its members to earn Skywards Miles that can be redeemed for flights and other travel benefits. You can also earn miles when you fly with partner airlines including Alaska Airlines, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, JetBlue, Jetstar, Korean Air, Qantas, S7 Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal and Virgin America. While you can’t earn miles on EasyJet flights, you can redeem your miles with this budget carrier.

In addition, Emirates offers codeshare flights with the following carriers:

  • Air Malta
  • Air Mauritius
  • Japan Airlines
  • Jet Airways
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Jetstar Airways
  • Jetstar Asia
  • Korean Air
  • Oman Air
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Qantas
  • South African Airways
  • TAP Portugal
  • Thai Airways International
  • Valuair
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Delta Air Lines

American carrier Delta Air Lines runs its SkyMiles program to offer rewards to frequent flyers. It has partnered with a number of airlines around the world to make it easier for customers to earn miles. Top-level partner airlines that allow you to earn tier membership miles include Aeromexico, Alaska Airlines, Air France, Alitalia, GOL, KLM, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia. A number of other partner airlines also allow you to earn SkyMiles but at a lower rate, with lower-level partners including carriers like Aeroflot, Kenya Airways, China Airlines and Garuda Indonesia.

It’s also worth mentioning that members can also take advantage of points-earning opportunities through Delta’s codeshare agreements with airlines like Hawaiian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.

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United Airlines

United Airlines’ frequent flyer scheme is known as the MileagePlus program. As well as flights with United, members can earn miles on flights with the carrier’s partner airlines to more than 1,100 destinations around the world. MileagePlus miles can be earnt and used on any Star Alliance airline, including Adria, Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines. Codeshare agreements are also in place with all Star Alliance members, as well as with other provides like Bulgaria Air and TAM Airlines.

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139 Responses to Can I transfer my frequent flyer points or miles to another program?

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    AJ | September 18, 2016

    Hi, can i transfer BA (Avios) point earned with Amex to Etihad guest miles?

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      Sally | September 19, 2016

      Hi AJ,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, Etihad Guest isn’t partnered with British Airways, so you can’t transfer or redeem points within the two airlines.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    harry | September 2, 2016

    Can I transfer my Velocity Frequent flyer points to Qantas frequent flyer

    • Staff
      Chester | September 2, 2016

      Hi Harry,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, Qantas and Velocity are not partner airlines in which means you may not be able transfer your Velocity Points to Qantas Frequent Flyer Points or vice versa.

      Regards,

      Chester

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    Deanna | August 30, 2016

    Hi,
    I have emirates miles about to expire tomorrow. As Emirates and qantas codeshare, can I transfer to my qantas ff membership? Or can I transfer to a family members emirates skywards acct.?

    • Staff
      Anndy | August 30, 2016

      Hi Deanna,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, it is not possible to transfer your miles from one frequent flyer program to another. However, Emirates Skywards Miles can be transferred online to another Skywards account per multiple of 1,000 Miles. Please note that the receiving account should have at least one earning activity to qualify. Also, fees apply.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    Belinda | August 16, 2016

    Hi, I am flying to NZ in December and Im getting miles being a member with Etihad (partner with Air New Zealand). Is it possible to use my miles to upgrade one of my flights on one of my routes ?

    • Staff
      Sally | August 17, 2016

      Hi Belinda,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, you can only use Etihad Guest miles for upgrades with Etihad Airways, not it’s partners. However, you can use your miles to redeem free flights with Etihad partners.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    V.Verma | August 13, 2016

    How do I transfer my points to my wife’s account?

    • Staff
      Anndy | August 13, 2016

      Hi V.Verma,

      Thanks for your question.

      May I know which particular frequent flyer program you and your wife are a member of so I can assist you further?

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    Mark | August 13, 2016

    I have a daughter and family in Australia and they are members of qantas frequent flyer scheme.is it possible to transfer my Emirates air miles to them for their use.

    • Staff
      Anndy | August 13, 2016

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Unfortunately, it’s not possible to transfer your Emirates Skywards Miles to Qantas Frequent Flyer program. However, you can redeem your miles for Qantas rewards networks.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    shiv | August 12, 2016

    I Fly mostly with Emirates and Malaysian. Between Sydney. Sometimes i also fly with Etihad. I would like to stick to 1-2 FF. THinking of Malaysian/Emirates and Singapore(new account).

    But i have FF points in Enrich, Emirates, Etihad . How should i manage?
    i find enrich has best program for redemtion. i.e mostly cashless if you have points.

    Need some info on how to plan FF accounts! thanks

    • Staff
      Sally | August 12, 2016

      Hi Shiv,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, you can’t directly transfer points or miles between Malaysian Airlines’ Enrich, Emirates Skywards, Etihad Guest and Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer.

      From your comment, it seems like you’re looking to keep your Enrich and Etihad Guest accounts open, close your Emirates account and open a new Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer account? Out of these programs, you could only redeem your Etihad Guest Miles for flight rewards with Malaysia Airlines. Unfortunately, this is probably the next best option as direct points transfers aren’t available.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    Dee | August 12, 2016

    Is it possible to transfer points from KrisFlyer to Flying Returns (Air India) as i want to book flight using AirIndia. I understand that both are partners under Star alliance but i cant find an option to do this. Please share the process to do this

    • Staff
      Sally | August 12, 2016

      Hi Dee,

      Thanks for your question.

      While you can earn and redeem KrisFlyer miles on Air India flights, you can’t directly transfer your points between the two programs. If you’d like to use your KrisFlyer Miles to fly with Air India, you’ll need to request to pay with miles at the time of booking and quote your KrisFlyer membership number.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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      | August 12, 2016

      Can this be done online or do i have to submit a request and get this processed offline?

      Another question:

      Can I book tickets using miles for my wife and daughter only and not myself?

    • Staff
      Sally | August 12, 2016

      Hi Dee,

      Thanks for following up.

      Requests to redeem KrisFlyer miles for flights with Star Alliance members (such as Air India) must be organised through Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program. You can contact the customer service team on 13 10 11 (if you’re located in Australia) to do this. If you’re not located in Australia, look on the Singapore Airlines to find the relevant contact number for your region.

      If your family belong to your KrisFlyer family pooling account, then you can use your miles to book tickets for them. Otherwise, you can only use your miles to redeem flights that are in your name.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    Peter | August 11, 2016

    can I use Qantas FF or delta pts to upgrade a united airlines flight
    Peter

    • Staff
      Sally | August 12, 2016

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, neither Qantas and Delta Airlines allow you to use your points to upgrade with partner airlines.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    Tatenda | August 11, 2016

    Hie is it possible to collect Emirates skywards miles from friends and use them to purchase my next flight ?. If so how does it work ?

    • Staff
      Anndy | August 11, 2016

      Hi Tatenda,

      Thanks for your question.

      Your friends who are Emirates Skywards members may transfer Skywards Miles from their account to your account through Emirates website, provided that you are also a member of the program and that you have at least one prior earning activity in your account (earned by flying on Emirates or any partner airline or through a partner transaction).

      Please note that Skywards Miles must be transferred at least 48 hours prior to making a flight booking or redemption.

      I’ve sent you an email with a link to the terms and conditions regarding Skywards Miles transfer.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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